OK folks, we’re now running on the official beta release of ExpressionEngine 1.3 and we need to give it a good work out to make sure we catch any bugs that may be lingering. This release brings a lot of new goodies with it not the least of which is an improved and expanded member profile area which you can access by clicking on the View Your Profile link in the sidebar after logging in. New additions include the ability to specify an Avatar (making my Gravatar plugin unnecessary now) and upload a Photo of yourself, define a signature, and specify whether you want to see avatars and signatures in entries. You can also now send Private Messages to any registered member through your profile page. Plus all of those settings also affect the new ExpressionEngine Forum Module which we’ll be testing right here.
Additionally members who submit entries for consideration will notice that the publish screen has change a bit. Some of the functions that were displayed along the right hand side of the entry form have been moved to tabs along the top. There’s also a new Spelling Checker built into the publish form along with a new Glossary feature that will aid in entering HTML code and various entities such as the © and ™ symbols. Be sure to click on the Category tab before submitting an entry to set the category it’ll be displayed in. There’s a whole bunch of other changes I’ve not even had a chance to look into yet, but hope to get to soon. I wanted to let you guys know, though, in case you happen across a bug or wonder why something suddenly looks different. So beat on it a bit and see what happens.
One more thing: The SEB Reviews blog is down for the moment as there’s something in the PHP code that the new version of EE doesn’t like causing it to render a blank page. The same thing was happening on the main site here so I’ve removed that code for the time being. Once I figure out what’s going on I’ll get it back up and running.